Capacity building needed to tackle crime rates: PC

Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram today stressed the need for Capacity building by providing adequate police personnel to man the police stations in the country.

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2010, 15:54 PM IST

Kochi: Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram
today stressed the need for Capacity building by providing
adequate police personnel to man the police stations in the
country, and said adequate funds should be provided with
matching technology to tackle crime rates in the country.

To confront crime, every police force requires adequate
number of police personnel. By March this year, there were
400,000 vacancies in all police stations in the country. It is
not as if we cannot find 400,000 personnel. The reason is not
far to see, Chidambaram said after inaugurating the three day
International conference on `Global Community Policing
conclave` here being attended by police personeel from 42
countries.

The reason is in many states, fianance ministers are loathe
to allocate funds to police and it is the residue which is
allcoated to the police, he said. There is need to make up
definciencies in the police force, he said.

`Unless we marry technology and police, the police
personnel will remain far behind law breakers`, he said.
There is so much intellience information pouring in and there
is need for analyse the same ti keep pace with time, he said
adding unforutunately this area is neglected.

In the name of Innovation, the concept of community policing
should not be trivilaised, he said adding there were good and
bad examples of community policing.

Cautioning the Community police personnel to be on guard
against `self styled` leaders he said they should not abdicate
their responsbility. Giving examples he said the `Salwa Judum`
movement in Chattisgarh where young men of the community were
given arms to counter serious internal threats and in West
Bengal where political party cadres had been armed to counter
the threat of Maoists are two bad examples of community
policing. Police cannot abdicate their responsbility for
private militia, he said.
The `Janamaitriyi Suraksha Project (JSEP) in Kerala and
Delhi`s `Eyes and Ears` were good examples of community
policing which had helped in crushing crime rates, he said.

Community Policing is an exercise in trust which can be
build only through partners who are equal. Police today is
required by community as much as community requires police.
The community is more than the elected representatives in
municipalities, Legislatures and Parliament. Beware of `self
appointed leaders`, he said adding usually they are the ones
who have gained a place in the system and they work the sytem
to their personal advantage.

Community Policing should look to authentic leaders, he
said.

PTI